Witness: Rail offered no resistance in Blossom Street Bridge acc - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Witness: Rail offered no resistance in Blossom Street Bridge accident

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The only witness for the Blossom Street bridge accident that killed two people said the bridge's rail did not offer resistance to stop the vehicle from going into the river.

WIS obtained the complete investigative file from the Columbia Police Department into the accident that killed driver Denzil Whyatt Jr. and passenger Shannon Mickens in January. Police ruled the accident deliberate last week and classified it as murder-suicide on the incident report.

In a written statement to investigators, John Bundrick said he was the only driver heading toward Columbia on the Blossom Street Bridge at about 10:30 p.m. Jan. 16 when he spotted the SUV the couple was in driving toward Cayce.

"I do not know which lane the car was in. I was in the far right lane. Then it all happened very fast. The driver appeared to hit the brakes very hard and the SUV, the back end came toward my view and then the front of the SUV barreled over the bridge hood first into the river," Bundrick wrote in his statement. "The bridge did not offer any resistance, in my opinion. The railing went right off. I was in shock. I went over the bridge, called 911."

Bundrick said the SUV was about two car lengths in front of him and appeared to be driving 45 to 50 miles per hour. He said he did not notice anything in the road to make the vehicle have to swerve.

"My hands were shaking as I could not believe what I had witnessed," Bundrick said. "I knew no one could survive what I saw, and I hoped no children were passengers."

The SUV plummeted about 50 feet into the Congaree River from the bridge. Whyatt and Mickens drowned as a result.

Toxicology reports from the Richland County Coroner's Office showed Whyatt had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, with a blood-alcohol content of .127. Mickens also showed evidence of marijuana in her system.

Copyright 2014 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • South Carolina news on WIStv.comNEWSMore>>

  • Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

    Director: FBI won't repeat mistakes noted in watchdog report

    Monday, June 18 2018 2:40 PM EDT2018-06-18 18:40:23 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:53 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:53:12 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray wait to testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI's Clinton email probe and the role ...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, left, and FBI Director Christopher Wray wait to testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee examines the internal report of the FBI's Clinton email probe and the role ...
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has a "serious credibility problem.".More >>
    The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has a "serious credibility problem.".More >>
  • Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

    Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:10 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:10:31 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:52 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:52:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday, June 15, 2018. Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Tr...

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>

    Calls are mounting for President Trump to end family separations at the border ahead of a meeting with House Republicans.

    More >>
  • Pentagon suspends August military drills with South Korea

    Pentagon suspends August military drills with South Korea

    Monday, June 18 2018 6:41 PM EDT2018-06-18 22:41:35 GMT
    Tuesday, June 19 2018 1:51 AM EDT2018-06-19 05:51:33 GMT
    There have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea.There have been no decisions made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

    The Pentagon says it has formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim...

    More >>

    The Pentagon says it has formally suspended a major military exercise planned for August with South Korea, a much anticipated move stemming from President Donald Trump's nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly